Project Ideas: Nature Adventure

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Exploration and Play

Project Ideas
Creative Arts
Encourage outdoor creative exploration, improvisation and expression, i.e. maze/shelter/sculpture-building, rock/sand-painting, imaginary games and play, nature journaling/sketching, outdoor theater, dance, music
Promote a day, a week, orÉ of disconnect-time. No TV, computer games, etc.
Restoration project
Provide opportunities for youth and students to enhance, restrore and create habitat through clean-ups, planting native plant scapes, adopting a watershed, etc.
Nature-Based After-School Programs
Provide environmental activities for a local after-school program or day camp. For example, these could be organized activities, student-led or supervised unstructured play.
Nature Playgrounds
Provide and encourage nature exploration with nature natural systems learning activities in playground and school yard activities. Examples may include: stream tables, bird boxes, natural and found material play areas.
Nature Journals
Journal about the local habitat and the species that live within by observing, tracking, drawing and writing impressions and reflections.
Green Hour Programs
Encourage youth and families to spend at least one hour outside everyday
Field trips and guided explorations in natural areas
Plan your extracurricular activities outdoors at a park, nature center, farm, creek or trail.
Family Nature Club
Start a family nature club with friends and neighbors.
Daily Free Time Outdoors
Opportunity for daily (non-organized) free time/play outdoors.

Outdoor Skills

Project Ideas
Pass It On
Share your skills. Invite friends and coworkers to join you in nature-based activities such as archery, shooting sports or fishing. Great activities for team building.
Outdoor Skills Training
Lead skill building activities in: hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, birding, camping, archery, star-gazing, rock-climbing, orienteering.
Outdoor PE electives
Provide an outdoor adventrue PE elective. Include lifelong skills such as hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, birding and wildlife watching, camping, archery, star-gazing, rock-climbing, orienteering.
Outdoor P.E.
Take physical education classes outside, using natural areas as your gym.
Nature-based Youth Leadership
Encourage nature-based youth leadership through student-led training and planning for outdoor experiences.
Geocache Challenge
Mix technology and outdoor exploration with a geocache challenge.
Fishing Programs
Introduce students and families to outdoor recreation through fishing training and special events at the school or nearby parks.
Camping Trips
Offer overnight or weekend camping trip for grades, organizations, or classes
Archery in the Schools
Join the Texas Archery in the Schools program and competition.
"Leave-No-Trace" Training
"Leave-No-Trace (LNT)" is a training program to learn how to be in the outdoors- etiquette training for being in nature. LNT training can be conducted for school yards, urban open spaces, wilderness and everything in between.

Nature Spaces

Project Ideas
Outdoor Reflection
Set aside time to read and reflect in the outdoor classroom.
Outdoor Exploration
Map out suitable outdoor exploration areas such as ponds, butterfly gardens, or bird observation areas (houses) for use by students, teachers and families.
Nature Play
Encourage students and community to use nature playscapes for playing, parties, special events, even fundraising.
Community Garden
Use and invite others to use your community garden. Form community partnerships to maintain the garden.
Special Places
Inspire students to create special play spaces with natural materials.
Texas Parks & Wildlife
Texas Education Agency
Blue Cross Blue Shield
TASC Student Council
Texas Dept. of Agriculture
Texas Children in Nature
Texas Computer Education Association